ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Guerin Isabelle

Labour in Brick Kilns: A Case Study in Chennai

This case study of the brick kiln sector in Chennai shows that workers are in a "mild" situation of debt bondage, have to work for long hours, and very often put their children to work as well. However, they are paid wages that are very close to the rates fixed by the government and the system of advance payment is endorsed by both workers and kiln owners and the former see it as a means to social mobility. Only the coming together of employers, unions, NGOs, public authorities and job brokers can help break the debt bondage.